Garland Roark Collection, 1946-1988 | East Texas Research Center

By Anne Kendall

Collection Overview

Title: Garland Roark Collection, 1946-1988Add to your cart.

ID: A/181

Primary Creator: Garland, George (1904-)

Extent: 33.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Biography -- Sources, Authors -- Texas, East, Garland, George, 1904-, Roark, Garland -- Manuscripts

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection spans Roark's writing career from 1943 until his death in 1985 and contains galley proofs, and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material. Also included are Roark's research notes and materials, and promotional material for the movies based on his novels Wake of the Red Witch, and Fair Wind to Java. Other items in the collection include business correspondence, most notably with publishers Doubleday and Company, Inc. and Little, Brown and Company, and letters from actors John Wayne and Clint Walker. There is a large collection of news clippings and reviews, transcripts of radio interviews, and several of Roark's drawings.  There are also publicity photos, photos of Roark and his family, and personal correspondence and fan mail.

Collection Historical Note

Garland Roark was born July 26, 1904 in Groesbeck, Texas the son of James H. and Mona Lee (Davidson) Roark. He married Leola Elisabeth Burke on September 14, 1939. He died February 9, 1985 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The late Garland Roark was well known as a writer of seafaring adventures and, under the pseudonym George Garland, of Westerns. Roark held advertising positions with various stores in Texas from 1924 until 1946, when he quit to write full time. The decision proved fortuitous; throughout the 1950's and 1960's Roark maintained a solid reputation for pulp-style adventure stories.

Roark's first novel, Wake of the Red Witch, set the tone for his subsequent work. Set in the South Seas, the story revolves around sunken treasure and the cruel greed of the men searching for it. Early reviewers were less than enthusiastic about the book. Critical assessment notwithstanding, Wake of the Red Witch was a popular title, made even more so after it was filmed in 1948 with John Wayne as the star.

According to Joe R. Lansdale in Twentieth-Century Western Writers, "Many of Roark's main characters display the proud independence that was Wayne's trademark, as well as the trademark of the Western hero." As Roark's writing career gained momentum he received better notices for his works, and he attracted a loyal following for his sea stories.

Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, volume 63, page 393-394.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Biography -- Sources
Authors -- Texas, East
Garland, George, 1904-
Roark, Garland -- Manuscripts


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Manuscript "Should the Wind be Fair"],
[Box 2: Manuscripts "Should the Wind be Fair", "Rainbow in the Royals", "Project Quiet Ocean", "Banana Run" "Our Lady of the Watch", "The Liana", "The Ship that Vanished" and "The Sea of the Caribbees"],
[Box 3: Manuscript "Bay of Traitors"],
[Box 4: Manuscripts "Bay of Traitors", "Toll of the Blazing Star", "Slant of the Wild Wind" and "Slow Wind in the West"],
[Box 5: Manuscript "The Outlawed Banner"],
[Box 6: Manuscripts "The Eye of the Needle" "The Big Dry", and "The Cruel Cocks"],
[Box 7: Manuscript "Witch of Manga Reva"],
[Box 8: Manuscripts "Comanche Belle", "Doubtful Valley", "Bugles and Brass", "He Sold His Saddle" and "Hellfire Jackson Follows the Lone Star"],
[Box 9: Manuscript "Hellfire Jackson"],
[Box 10: Manuscript of "Angels in Exile"],
[Box 11: Manuscripts],
[Box 12: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Speeches],
[Box 13: Research],
[Box 14: Correspondence and "Coin of Contraband"],
[Box 15: Business and Fan Letters, 1950-1968],
[Box 16: Business and Fan Letters, 1948-1970],
[Box 17: Business and Fan Letters, 1939-1988],
[Box 18: Personal Letters and Cards, 1940-1989],
[Box 19: News Clippings, 1946-1985],
[Box 20: Oversized],
[Box 21: Oversized, 1931-1985],
[Box 22: Oversized, 1946-1987],
[Box 23],
[Box 24],
[All]

Box 16: Business and Fan Letters, 1948-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Business letters, fan letters, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Business letters and Colorado Authors League newsletter, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters from Maxwell Aley Associates, 1957-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Business letters, mostly from Doubleday & Company, Inc., Curtis Brown, Ltd. and Maxwell Aley Associate, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Business letters, mostly from Doubleday & Company, Inc., Curtis Brown, Ltd. and Maxwell Aley Associates, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Business letters, fan letters, handwritten notes, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Business letters, fan letters handwritten notes, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Royalty statements, 1958-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Business letters and royalty statements, 1958-1962, Rusk State Hospital newsletter Grapevine News, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters and information concerning the USS Houston, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Business letters, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Royalty statements, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Business letters, mostly from Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Business letters from New American Library and Curtis Brown, Ltd., 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence with and about Donald E. Nemetz re: publication of Nemetz’s book We’ll All Ship Over, portions of the manuscript, typescript and handwritten, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes and business letters re: movie production of Roark novels, includes letter from actor Clint Walker, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Business letters, mainly from Maxwell Aley Associates notes on the Texas Navy, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Business letters, fan letters, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Business letters, fan letters, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Should the Wind Be Fair contract for German translation - 1960; contracts for Angels in Exile, Bay of Traitors, Rainbow in the Royals, Captain Thomas Fenlon, Diamond Six, Slow Wind in the West, Doubtful Valley and Fair Wind to Java, 1948-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Business letters and royalty statements, outline of Bugles and Brass,, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Letters and news clipping re: restoration of San Jacinto Monument, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Business and fan letters, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Business and fan letters, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Business and fan letters, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Business and fan letters, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Letters, programs, newsletters from Northeast Louisiana State College re: Northeast State Publications Workshop, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Royalty statements, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Letters and articles on Houston columnist Morris Frank, 1962-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Business and fan letters, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Business and fan letters, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Business letters, mostly from Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Business and fan letters, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Business and fan letters, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Business and fan letters, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Letters from The Writer magazine, essay by Roark re: Coin of Contraband, 1964Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Manuscript "Should the Wind be Fair"],
[Box 2: Manuscripts "Should the Wind be Fair", "Rainbow in the Royals", "Project Quiet Ocean", "Banana Run" "Our Lady of the Watch", "The Liana", "The Ship that Vanished" and "The Sea of the Caribbees"],
[Box 3: Manuscript "Bay of Traitors"],
[Box 4: Manuscripts "Bay of Traitors", "Toll of the Blazing Star", "Slant of the Wild Wind" and "Slow Wind in the West"],
[Box 5: Manuscript "The Outlawed Banner"],
[Box 6: Manuscripts "The Eye of the Needle" "The Big Dry", and "The Cruel Cocks"],
[Box 7: Manuscript "Witch of Manga Reva"],
[Box 8: Manuscripts "Comanche Belle", "Doubtful Valley", "Bugles and Brass", "He Sold His Saddle" and "Hellfire Jackson Follows the Lone Star"],
[Box 9: Manuscript "Hellfire Jackson"],
[Box 10: Manuscript of "Angels in Exile"],
[Box 11: Manuscripts],
[Box 12: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Speeches],
[Box 13: Research],
[Box 14: Correspondence and "Coin of Contraband"],
[Box 15: Business and Fan Letters, 1950-1968],
[Box 16: Business and Fan Letters, 1948-1970],
[Box 17: Business and Fan Letters, 1939-1988],
[Box 18: Personal Letters and Cards, 1940-1989],
[Box 19: News Clippings, 1946-1985],
[Box 20: Oversized],
[Box 21: Oversized, 1931-1985],
[Box 22: Oversized, 1946-1987],
[Box 23],
[Box 24],
[All]

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